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International Food Festival

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 in News.

On Friday JPC held their annual celebration of culture and diversity, the International Food Festival.

We had a great range of countries represented- South Korea, the Philippines, India, China, Japan,

New Zealand and Aotearoa, Spain/Mexico, South Africa, Pacific Islands, France, Japan, Poland,

Ireland and USA!

The food was delicious and there was something for everyone from hot dogs to sushi, stuffed

potatoes, fried bread to tacos, chop suey and curry and of course lots of scrumptious desserts.

It was wonderful to see the students, parents, community, and staff working together to represent

and celebrate their countries and cultures. It is amazing to see just how ‘international’ we are.

The weather was beautiful and there were lots of people spending their money to find something

yummy to eat, but also raise money for a very worthy cause. A special mention to the French stall

who raised just over $400! The total profits from the festival were approximately $2,500!

All the profits raised will be going to a small Lasallian school that has been newly established in a

very poor district of Pakistan, St. Solomon’s. Their Principal and founder, Brother Waseem, has

visited JPC many times over the past few years when he was living with the De La Salle Brothers at

De La Salle College in Auckland.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped the festival to be such a success – too many to name

individually! Once again, the John Paul College community has shown what a caring community we

are and how to put the Catholic Social Justice principles of Solidarity and Preferential Option for the

Poor into action.

Karen and Stephen Bloomfield (TIC)